Rachel Ziegler West Side Story on Representation

“Our film is a step in the right direction.”

1961 story of the west The film will always hold a special place in our hearts, but it was by no means perfect.

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While Natalie Wood was an enchanting Maria, she was not a Latinx. And by now, we all know the importance of diversity in Hollywood.

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So, you can understand my excitement when they announced Rachel Ziegler, a Latinx woman, for the role of Maria in the new story of the west,

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during my recent interview Along with Rachel, I asked her what it’s like to be a part of this push for Latinx representation in Latinx roles.

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“You know, our film is a step in the right direction,” he told me. “There is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to the representation of all minorities in Hollywood.”

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The actor explained that his experience as a Latina in Hollywood was not seeing a lot of representation of himself while growing up. And even if he did, many of those roles didn’t portray Latinx people in a positive light.

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“and I think story of the west Latin does such a wonderful job exploring the idea of ​​joy, which I don’t think is always at the forefront of the media that consists of our people,” she continued.

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“And so, I’m so blessed to have something like this, and also something that tells an authentic true story about love and identity and what happens when we choose love over hate,” she concluded.

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Thanks for chatting with us, Rachel! You can read our full interview Here,

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